I note the passing of Henry Arthur Burgess, latterly a resident in The City of Sails aged 75.
Henry was a character who inhabited the talkback community on Radio Pacific and was a bit part legend in the life and times of the late Geoff Sinclair among others.
Born in Staveley at the eastern end of the Ashburton Gorge where Mid Canterbury folk claim winter is manufactured, Henry's anecdotes around his early life there were a great snapshot on hardships and struggle around the time of WW2.
A bard and a published author, Hill Billy as he was known on the wireless had problems with the law involving time at Her Majesty's pleasure yet with a prodigious memory and a laconic delivery style his entertainment of insomniacs will be remembered by many.
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